Posts Tagged 'journalism'

Drones For Journalism Not War

Drones are starting to be used for more than war and espionage these days. Even journalism schools are trying to harness them, by offering classes on drone reporting, despite that this practice is illegal for professional journalists.

drones journalism remote lab

Read more @ Technabob

Noah Brier Gets Stalked

A great write-up by a journalist, with the interesting name Kashmir Hill, who spent a month digitally stalking Noah Brier. The Assembly Journal then asked Noah to respond.

How Wired Tracked Down The iPhone Finder

A great post detailing how exactly Wired found the person who found that prototype iPhone.

Gizmodo & The Apple iPhone Fiasco

I’m pretty sure that acquiring stolen goods is illegal. That being said, everyone involved in this knew from the get-go that the next gen iPhone, which is only a few weeks away, was indeed stolen. The fact of the matter is that Gizmodo spent $5,000 on this phone, paid by Nick Denton from Gawker media. In essence, at the end of the line, Denton’s the one responsible for this fiasco.

Now this brings to surface another interesting debate: are web-journalists real journalists? The print media would like to disagree, but all in all, I’m certain that if you write for a publication and get paid for your writing, you are a journalist, no matter what the medium might be.

The thing that Jason Chen and Nick Denton didn’t really think about is the fact that Apple isn’t a cuddly little bear, it’s a corporation. Any corporation has access to a full squad of corporate lawyers, meaning that they can make your life hell if you are in their radar.

Having dealt with a few lawyers when I was working in finance a few years ago, I know for a fact that justice is for sale and the people with the deepest pockets tend to win. How does an average citizen afford to pay a lawyer $100-500 an hour? Not easily. Corporations don’t really care about this expenditure. I’m actually surprised that Apple hasn’t made life harder for Denton and company. They probably will in the near future.

I think the main issue here is whether the law considers Jason Chen’s home a newsroom or not. He works from home, like most web journalists. It would be different if he were to work in an office. That would have made things harder for Apple to flex its muscles.

I’ve heard people refer to the actions of Gizmodo as reprehensible. Even though I don’t agree with buying stolen goods, it is akin to someone buying something stolen from a fence. So Gizmodo isn’t a fence, but they bought stolen goods, which is kind of like buying stuff from a fence. They weren’t fencing stolen goods.

No matter which way it goes, I’m sure that Denton is quite happy with himself. What did this fiasco generate? Pageviews. In the world of web journalism, pageviews is the key. This episode has probably resulted in millions of extra pageviews. Since most Gawker bloggers get paid by pageviews, I’m sure that Jason Chen is laughing his way to the bank as well.

The Death of The Exile, Moscow’s Angriest Newspaper

A great article over at Vanity Fair about the death to The Exile.

Real Time Web Vs Traditional Media

Image via CrunchGear

I found this article on CrunchGear quite interesting. From time to time on the gadget blogs, you get some good articles. This was one of them. It discusses the different points and advantages of real time web, mainly via Twitter, compared to traditional news outlets such as blogs and cable news.

The article says that reporters for traditional media will always be on the scene first. I don’t think that this is 100% accurate. As Twitter and other forms of real time web become more popular, more and more people are using them and more and more data gets transferred into a dynamic medium, which disseminates information a lot faster than blogs and normal news outlets.

Given the fact that Twitter is also used a lot on mobile devices, this transforms every user into a sort of potential witness of events. That’s how real time web should be used. Even if reporters will be the first ones on the scene, before they’re able to file their report, some other witness will start pouring information into the real time web.

A Mugging on Lake Street

An investigative journalist investigates his own mugging. (via 3qd)

NYT Buries Story about Secret Underground Climbing Lair

Apparently, there is a secret underground climbing lair somewhere in Brooklyn. The NYT just redacted a story they did on it. Here is the Google cache on the deleted story. Here are the reasons why they unpublished the story.

Midnight Man S01E01 (ITV)

Midnight Man is a British TV serial on ITV. It stars James Nesbitt as Max Raban, a journalist gone wrong with a strange phobia and a gift for seeing conspiracies everywhere.

After having named a source and being disgraced as a journalist, Max Raban is left going through people’s rubbish in order to find new stories. Since that time, he also developed a strange phobia of daylight. It’s also broken up his marriage for the time being.

Raban investigates and finds government death squads and other strange incidents in the UK. I thought that this was an interesting episode. The main character Raban has totally gone bonkers. In his mind, he needs to salvage some part of himself before he can fully go back to his family. Things go terribly wrong when he investigates the wrong types of people.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

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An Axe Near The Storytree

Photo by Chriscom.

I used to be a part-time journalist for radio and print media. I started back in 1998 and quickly got interested in the night life scene. At the time, I was also starting to be a DJ so the two interests coincided.

I had pretty much made friends with all of the production companies of events in Quebec. Towards the end of this period in my life, I was working for them, ferrying around international DJs from the Montreal airport and such.

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